Mary Jane Hurst
Professor of English and American Council on Education Fellow, Hurst previously served as Executive Director of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty Assistant to the President. The recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and of the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award, she is a member of the Teaching Academy and teaches classes in linguistics and American literature. Most of her research deals with language in literature, but her three books and more than three dozen articles, essays, and reviews cover a variety of topics in linguistics, literature, and other professional issues.Books
- HTLV-1 and the Nervous System. Eds. Gustavo Roman, Jean-Claude Vernant, and Mitsuhiro Osame, Editors. Mary Jane Hurst, Technical Editor. New York: Alan R. Liss, 1989.
- Hurst, M. J. (2016). "Sacred Spaces and Uncertain Identities: From St. Augustine, Florida, to Louise Erdrich's and Michael Dorris's The Crown of Columbus". In Lemuel Berry (Ed.), NAAAS Special Programs Monograph Series (1st ed., vol. 2016, pp. 154-171). Scarborough, ME: National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates.
- Hurst, M. J. (2012). "Transcendence and Mythic Vision in Leo Tolstoy's Resurrection and Denise Chavez's Face of an Angel". CCTE Studies, 77, 29-37.
- Hurst, M. J. (2010). Review of Language, Gender, and Citizenship in American Literature by Amy Dunham Strand. Gender and Language, 4(1), 161-164
- “Mentor Yourself.” Inside Higher Ed, 29 July 2009.
- “Speech Acts in Ivy Compton-Burnett’s A Family and a Fortune.” Twentieth Century Literature Criticism, Volume 180. Ed. Thomas Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006. 148-57. Rpt. From 1987 publication in Language and Style.
- “Some Aspects of Language in Selected Cowboy Poetry.” Inside the Classroom (and Out): How We Learn Through Folklore. Ed. Kenneth L. Untiedt. Denton, TX: U of North Texas P, 2005. 258-71.
- “The Presidential Address: Language, Gender, and Community in American Fiction at the End of the Century.” Southwest Journal of Linguistics 17.1 (1998): 1-13.
- “Mission, Risk, Change: What the Past Suggests for the Future.” Vistas 6.2 (1997): 28-32.
- “The Road to the White House: A Comparison of Language in Candidate Clinton’s Acceptance Speech and Language in President Clinton’s Inaugural Address.” SECOL Review 19.1 (1995): 80-103.
- “Two Networking Strategies.” Concerns 25.1 (1995): 45-53.
- “Reintroducing Aubrey Menen: Sin, Salvation, and Satire in a Comic Anglo-Indian Novel.” World Literature Written in English 34.1 (1994): 129-41.
- “Tolstoy’s Description of Tourette Syndrome in Anna Karenina.” With Daniel L. Hurst. Journal of Child Neurology 9.4 (1994): 366-67.
- “English 5337: Language and Gender.” The COSWL Collection of Language and Gender Syllabi. Ed. Elizabeth Hume and Bonnie S. McElhinny. Washington, DC: Linguistic Society
of America, 1993. 53-57.
*Updated version published online in 1999 through the Linguistic Society of America available vialsadc.orgorlinguistlist.org.
- “Reading Westerns: A Review Essay.” Concho River Review 6.2 (1992): 56-65.
- “Linguistic Innovation and Conservatism: Dialect in Cowboy Poetry.” New Mexico Humanities Review 36 (1992): 103-12.
- “Connections between Cowboy Poetry and Other Developments in American Literature and in American Culture.” The Catch Pen. Ed. Kenneth Davis and Len Ainsworth. Lubbock, TX: Ranching Heritage Center, 1991. 31-37.
- “The Historical Context of Contemporary Cowboy Poetry.” Concho River Review 4.1 (1990): 58-66.
- “A Final Assignment for a Composition Course.” Arizona English Bulletin 31.3 (1989): 29-31.
- “The Language of Children in The Snow-Image.” Essex Institute Historical Collections 125.1 (1989): 55-64.
- [Untitled Description of a Composition Exercise.] Collective Wisdom. Ed. Sondra J. Stang and Robert Wiltenburg. New York: Random, 1988. 353.
- “Speech Acts in Ivy Compton-Burnett’s A Family and a Fortune.” Language and Style 20.4 (1987): 342-58.
- “Characterization and Language: A Case Grammar Study of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.” Language and Style 20.1 (1987): 71-87.
- “Teaching Students to Write More Effective Sentences: Practical Suggestions for a Tri-Level Approach: Grammatical, Semantic, and Stylistic.” Arizona English Bulletin 29.3 (1987): 17-21.
- “Literary Examples of Scientism.” Forum Section. PMLA 101 (1986): 255-56.
- “Samuel Johnson’s Dying Words.” English Language Notes 23 (1985): 45-53.
- “Fire Imagery.” Forum Section. PMLA 100 (1985): 236-37.
- “Bromide Psychosis: A Literary Case.” With Daniel L. Hurst. Clinical Neuropharmacology 7 (1984): 259-64.
- “Bromide Poisoning in The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold.” With Daniel L. Hurst. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 16.2 (1982): 1-5.
- “Food and Its Digestion in Sartor Resartus.” Ethos 4 (1982): 16-21.
Book Reviews (Selected)
- Rev. of Language, Gender, and Citizenship in American Literature by Amy Dunham Strand. Gender and Language, 4(1), 161-164.
- Rev. of Setting the World in Order by Rick Campbell. Iron Horse Review 3.1 (2001): 115-18.
- Rev. of Women, Language, and Linguistics by Julia S. Falk. Southwest Journal of Linguistics 20.1 (2001): 121-24.
- Rev. of Dialects in Schools and Communities by Walt Wolfram, Carolyn Temple Adger, and Donna Christian. Language 76.4 (2000): 935-36.
- Rev. of The Narrative Forms of Southern Community by Scott Romine. The Southern Journal of Linguistics 24.1 (2000): 137-40.
- Rev. of Language and Gender in American Fiction: Howells, James, Wharton, and Cather by Elsa Nettels. Southwest Journal of Linguistics 16.1-2 (1997): 91-92.
- Rev. of The Art of Conversation by Peter Burke. Language 70.4 (1994): 852-53.
- Rev. of Language and Ideology in Children’s Fiction by John Stephens. Language 70.1 (1994): 218-19.
- Rev. of Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices by Shelley Fisher Fishkin. SECOL Review 17 (1993): 185-87.
- Rev. of The Stuff of Literature: Physical Aspects of Texts and Their Relation to Literary Meaning by E.A. Levenston. Language 69.3 (1993): 630.
- Rev. of Conflict Talk: Sociolinguistic Investigations of Arguments in Conversations ed. by Allen D. Grimshaw. Language 68.2 (1992): 429-30.
- Rev. of Politically Speaking: The Pragmatic Analysis of Political Language by John Wilson. Language 68.1 (1992): 240-41.
- Rev. of Whitman’s Poetry of the Body by M. Jimmie Killingsworth. American Poetry 7.2 (1990): 84-86.
- Rev. of Text Book: An Introduction to Literary Language by Robert Scholes, Nancy R. Comley, and Gregory L. Ulmer. SECOL Review 14 (1990): 72-74.
- Rev. [for linguistic audience] of Everyday Magic: Child Languages in Canadian Literature by Laurie Ricou. SECOL Review 14 (1990): 75-77.
- Rev. [for literary audience] of Everyday Magic: Child Languages in Canadian Literature by Laurie Ricou. Rocky Mountain Review 43.1-2 (1989): 121-22.
- Rev. of Volume XVII of the Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Letters, 1853-1856. With Jimmie E. Killingsworth. South Central Review 5.4 (1989): 93-95.
Conference Proceedings (Selected)
- “Food and Food Imagery in Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker: Revelations of Personal and Cultural Identities.” The 2000-20003 Proceedings Collection of the 2003 SW/Texas PCA/ACA Conference (2003): 1079-94.
- “New Technology for Neurolinguistics: The Possibilities and the Limitations of Positron Emission Tomography and Topographical Mapping of Electroencephalography.” Proceedings of the 1990 Western Conference on Linguistics 3 (1991): 162-73.
- Hurst, M. J., Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, Lambda of Texas, Texas Tech University, "A Meditation on Goodness," Local. (April 28, 2011).
- Hurst, M. J., SCMLA Annual Conference, "Teaching Online or Flipping the Linguistics Class: Practical and Philosophical Considerations," South Central Modern Language Association, Nashville, Tennessee. (November 1, 2015).
- Hurst, M. J., National Association of African American Scholars and Affiliates, "Sacred Spaces and Uncertain Identities in Louise Erdrich's and Michael Dorris's The Crown of Columbus," National Association of African American Scholars and Affiliates, Tampa, Florida. (June 5, 2015).
- Hurst, M. J., CCTE Annual Conference, "Transcendence and Mythic Vision in Leo Tolstoy’s Resurrection and Denise Chávez’s Face of an Angel," Conference of College Teachers of English, Fort Worth, Texas. (March 2, 2012).
- Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Orr, M. (Presenter & Author), Sherling, D. (Presenter & Author), Williams, M. (Presenter & Author), (Presenter & Author), ACE Closing Retreat, American Council on Education, Alexandria, Virginia, "Understanding Financial Processes," National. (June 7, 2010).
- Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Hovis, C. (Presenter & Author), Montoya, M. (Presenter & Author), Motale, C. (Presenter & Author), Omachonu, J. (Presenter & Author), ACE Midyear Retreat, American Council on Education, San Diego, California, "Leveraging Diversity and the Urban Mission," National. (January 11, 2010).
- Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), ACE Midyear Retreat, American Council on Education, San Diego, California, "People, Programs, and Plans," National. (January 7, 2010).
- Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Payton, F. C. (Presenter & Author), Hiskes, A. (Presenter & Author), Regal, M. (Presenter & Author), Sherling, D. (Presenter & Author), Meernik, J. (Presenter & Author), Mishoe, S. (Presenter & Author), Sekharan, C. (Presenter & Author), ACE Opening Retreat, American Council on
- Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey, "Pennyfield College," National. (August 30, 2009).
- Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Kaprielian, V. (Presenter & Author), Meernik, J. (Presenter & Author), Omachonu, J. (Presenter & Author), Paul, G. (Presenter & Author), Powers, J. (Presenter & Author), ACE Opening Retreat, American Council on Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey, "Strategic Repositioning," National. (August 25, 2009).
- Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Popular Views about the Role of Higher Education in American Culture," National, Peer Reviewed/Refereed. (April 8, 2009).
- Texas Tech University Faculty Research Leave: Spring 2009.
- American Council on Education Fellow, selected in 2009
- National Endowment for the Arts through Mid-America Arts Alliance and the New England Foundation for the Arts for presentation of Paul Taylor Dance at Texas Tech University. Author and PI, 2007
- Texas Tech University Graduate School’s Student Recruitment Support for Fine Arts Doctoral Program recruitment. Author and PI, 2002.
- Lilly Foundation Grant for Saint John’s United Methodist Church’s pastoral leave program, 2000-01. Author.
- Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave: 1995-96
- Texas Tech University’s Research Enhancement Fund: Awarded May 1993 to participate as an Institute Affiliate at the Linguistic Society of America’s 1993 Summer Linguistic Institute at Ohio State University. Author and PI.
- Department of English Faculty Research Support Competition: $500 awarded April 1988 for travel to Houghton Library (Harvard University) and Essex Institute (Salem, MA) for research. Author and PI.
- Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry: Awarded May 1987 for neurolinguistic research project entitled “The Effects of Poetry on the Brain: An Interdisciplinary Study Involving Literature, Medicine, and Technology.” Author and PI.
- Texas Tech University New Faculty Grant: Awarded January 1987 to participate as a Visiting Scholar in the Linguistic Society of America’s 1987 Summer Linguistic Institute at Stanford University. Author and PI.
- Hurst, M. J., "Texas Tech University Worldwide E-Learning Grant," Sponsored by Texas Tech University Office of the Provost, Texas Tech University, $5,000.00. (December 31, 2015).
- Past President and founding officer, TTU Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association
- Phi Beta Kappa Society Triennial Council Award for Best Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, 2012
- Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, inducted in 1997
- President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, recipient in 1995
- CCAS (Council of the College of Arts and Sciences) Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, recipient in 1988
- President and founding officer, TTU Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association
- Phi Beta Kappa Society Triennial Council Award for Best Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association, 2012
- Texas Tech University Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award, recipient in 2007
- Certificate of Recognition from The Phi Beta Kappa Society, recipient in 2004
- Member of Phi Kappa Phi, elected in 1983
- Member of Phi Beta Kappa, elected in 1973
- Listed in such publications as Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in American Education